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Justice Barbara Pariente: 'The Questioner'

Barbara Pariente has been a powerful — and sometimes controversial — presence on the Florida Supreme Court for nearly 20 years. This story, a profile of Pariente, looks at how she arrived to be on the state Supreme Court, what landmark decisions she is most known for, her personal style, her fight with breast cancer, and what she thinks about the role of the high court in Florida's current political climate. The story begins:

On the morning of March 4, 2015, a day after the start of the annual legislative session, some of the most powerful politicians in Florida crossed the street from the state Capitol to watch the Florida Supreme Court consider the fate of the state’s newly drawn congressional districts.

There are seven justices on the Florida Supreme Court. But that morning, every eye in the courtroom was fixed on one judge in particular...

 

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